Diego Llorente becomes second Spain player to test positive for Covid-19 as Luis Enrique’s Euro 2020 plans suffer another setback with his squad already in isolation after captain Sergio Busquets’ coronavirus case
The Spanish national team has been rocked by a second case of coronavirus with defender Diego Llorente the latest to test positive.
Luis Enrique’s preparations for Euro 2020 have been blighted by Covid-19 with an Under-21 side having to play a friendly against Lithuania in place of the senior squad on Tuesday night.
Spain have been rocked by another Covid case after defender Diego Llorente tested positive
The Leeds United defender has been called up after an impressive Premier League campaign
Six senior players – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Raul Albiol, Brais Mendez, Pablo Fornals, Rodrigo Moreno and Carlos Soler – have been called up to train in a parallel bubble should multiple replacements be required.
The Spanish FA also said that a number of the Under-21 players will remain in Madrid and train separately to the main squad following the victory.
But now there has been another case in the senior squad with Leeds defender Llorente testing positive, the Spanish FA announced on Tuesday night.
A statement read: ‘The RFEF regrets to announce that central defender Diego Llorente has tested positive in the last PRC tests carried out this morning (Tuesday) at the national team base.
‘He will leave tonight in a medicalised vehicle, following the established health protocols. The squad will continue to work with the routines established in COVID 19 situations.
‘Personalised training will be maintained to continue with the preparation of the European Championships.
‘Training sessions for the players in the parallel bubble will continue on Wednesday at 11:00 am under the command of Luis Enrique in response to the setbacks suffered in recent days.’
Luis Enrique’s Euro 2020 plans are in disarray after Sergio Busquets also tested positive
The Spain captain and Barcelona veteran tested positive for coronavirus at the weekend
The Spanish FA did not say whether Busquets or Llorente would be cut from the squad, but Enrique has until Saturday to make changes to his initial list in case of injuries or Covid-19 cases.
Players who test positive must stay in isolation for at least 10 days, meaning both Busquets and Llorente will miss the opener against Sweden. It would also be unlikely they would be fit for Spain’s second match against Poland on June 19.
Spain’s Sports Minister Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes told Cadena Ser radio station that the players will receive a Covid-19 vaccination on Wednesday.
Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales also warned on Tuesday that there are likely to be more Covid-19 cases in their squad after Busquets’ positive.
Rubiales also criticised national broadcaster Television Espanola’s (TVE) decision not to broadcast the Lithuania game on their flagship La 1 channel, as originally planned, instead shifting the game to sister channel Teledeporte.
‘I’d hope they’d (TVE) treat the national team, a team for all Spaniards, with more love and respect,’ Rubiales said.
‘Especially at fragile times like now. We have one positive case, there could well be more positive cases, it’s probable there will be.
‘But these players here deserve respect, as does the badge on their shirt.’
Despite playing their Under-21 side, Spain outclassed Lithuania to claim an impressive 4-0 win
La Roja kick off their campaign against Sweden on June 14 before playing Poland on the 19th and Slovakia four days after that.
Spain’s Under-21s outclassed Lithuania to claim an impressive 4-0 victory on Tuesday night.
Valencia defender Hugo Guillamon opened the scoring after three minutes, before Brahim Diaz doubled the lead on 24 as Spain’s youngsters threatened to run riot – with Abel Ruiz missing a penalty on the half hour.
Juan Miranda netted a free kick eight minutes after the restart, before substitute Javi Puado sealed a comfortable victory on 73 minutes.
The starting team contained 10 debutants for the first time since 1941 with Eibar’s Bryan Gil the only previously capped player.
It was also the youngest ever in Spain’s history with an average age of 22 years and 102 days.